Poetry On Odyssey: Drops of Encouragement
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Poetry On Odyssey: Drops of Encouragement

A poem about faith and community.

Poetry On Odyssey: Drops of Encouragement

This semester, I am the president of Champlain College's Christian Club, and it's been a challenge and a joy leading discussions each week. We've been reading through the book of 1 Peter, discussing each chapter and asking each other questions.

I've also been joining a couple of Christian Clubs at a bigger university nearby and getting as involved at my church as my busy schedule will allow. Sometimes it feels crazy to be including these extra activities on top of work and classes, but it's something that's really important to me.

I found this poem I had written a while back while sitting through church. I don't remember what the sermon was about or what I was thinking or feeling as I wrote this poem. But to me, this is the beauty of Christ. This is the hope that I look forward to and occasionally get glimpses of now. This is what I am reminded of every time I gather with my friends who believe. They are always encouraging me, and perhaps this poem can encourage you.

tears lose their bitterness,
lose the liquid salt
that used to burn holes
through my cheeks

tears soften the filter
of my green eyes
tears hold summer in
diamond drops,
cleanse my features
with holy water

tears forget the pain
they used to love to know
tears wander, searching,
but knowing already
they have found the end

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